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Xmas Shopping in Brighton and the South Lanes

Staying for the weekend you can guarantee you’ll be tempted to get your Xmas shopping in Brighton, and if you only get as far as Churchill square you’ll have missed out!

On the same side of town, just down the hill towards the pier is one of the country’s best shopping areas: the South Lanes – or is it Brighton Lanes, or is it upper case at all? Commonly described as more ‘upmarket’ than its northern contemporaries – although we’d debate this – it’s a place where wandering and speculating will unearth a mini treasure trove of gifts.

Some of the smaller shops are truly independent, while through Duke’s Lane you’ll find more of the boutiques brimful of brands.

Xmas shopping in Brighton you’ll never be short of choice, but here’s 5 of our favourite retailers to help you with your last minute shopping.

Lush - East Street

Not independent in anyway as it’s a chain, but still a delight. Smells pour from its door, drawing in the passing unwashed and stink obsessed bath and soap lovers – stocking filler specialist.

England at Home 22B, Ship ST/ 59, Ship St

Fun and fashionable collections of gifts and home wares, mainly designer gear but still, it’s Xmas! And if you look out of the door of one shop, you’ll see the other straight opposite – and over you trot.

Custard, tasty.

Custard, tasty.

Custard 3, Union St

Gift and card shop Brighton style – so expect some adult humour and interesting interpretations of the regular Xmas card. If you are new to these shores and have a liking for British humour, check out the sufferable Modern Toss, as stocked here – offence guaranteed.

Peggs & Son 39, Duke St

Contemporary and casual gents wear, cool and well-collected Peggs & Son recently moved up the road and into a bigger store on Duke St. If I had to pick one men’s shop in the south Lanes on style alone it would be this one

C& H Westons 12, East Street

But it’s full of guns we hear you say, but look past to next door and you’ll find the only Barbour shop in town – (not barber shop, Barbour – the timeless British outfitter who’s designs are proper country style and all over fashion at the moment). Take a look at the real stuff – and if you really want a gun…

And there’s always Xmas shopping in Brighton North Laine style if you can’t till your boots here/ bags with boots and presents here.

Full them up, stay over in one of our Xmas hotel rooms in Brighton and head off once the weekend is finished.

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Top Cafés in Brighton No.6 – Café Coho

It’s been a long time coming this review. Especially considering we’ve been back to this next café 5/6 times in the last 3 months. So sliding easily into our slow-time review of cafes in Brighton is the fairly new Café Coho at 53 Ship Street.

Chunky funky

Chunky funky Coho

Greet location: just on the edge of the South Lanes, without being crushed into the rabbit warren, the café has a prime people spot.

Coffee – Ok, down to business. Union hand roasted is a top blend and we’ve always liked the delivery at Coho.

Space: upstairs has a good-sized table and spot on window view up the road. Service is good with the staff happy for you to run a tab for a few people and settle up later.

The food’s ok, nothing really special, but then again the ploughman’s sandwich was great and there are plenty of midday sarnies and snacks to feast on.

As a quick drop back off the high street and option to the chain store coffee bars it’s well worth a try. Bare stone walls add to the chunky modern feel – and it would make a great spot for a reception…

Christmas shopping in Brighton and it’s all getting too much, step out of TKMax – we know you go there – and turn left towards the South Lanes, Coho’s just around the corner , can’t miss it.

We’ll be upstairs; it’s our favourite spot.

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Xmas shopping in Brighton and the North Laine area

Whether you’re doing your Xmas shopping in Brighton out of retail love or necessity, it doesn’t matter. That’s because there’s no other city in Sussex that can match Brighton when it comes to variety. So, tourists staying the weekend in Brighton or locals looking for Xmas bargains, it’s the place to visit.

Brighton's North Laine

Brighton's North Laine

Rather than list the obvious choices, we’ve pulled together some of the alternative shops found in the North Laine area that have taken our eye. Let’s face it, the major chains are everywhere so lets look for the Christmas gifts among the oddball outfitters that make shopping in Brighton such a special experience any time of the year.

Junkfunk – Gloucester Road

Top of our list for Xmas gifts. Clever, design-inspired odds and sods, original T-Shirts and clothes for both sexes, and packed with gift ideas. Contemporary – but without being miles up its own backside – and friendly staff. We like the vintage reproduction posters and stationary.

Gresham Blake - Church Street

Tailor to the stars and owner of an excellent frontage (we’ve been told), Gresham Blake specialises in bespoke clothing for both men and women. Not on everyone’s Xmas shopping list, however, take a look at their accessories. Excellent quality and ever creative, there’s wallets, ties, scarves and hats that you’ll not find anywhere else – and the tweed fitted ladies suit in the window, fantastic!

Cyberdog – Sydney Street

Suitably juxtaposed with Gresham Blake, Cyberdog is off the conventional clothing radar. Expect sci-fi inspired, cyber creations backed with a club soundtrack. It’s techno funk, future shock chic – devised by a space Chihuahua. You need to pop in.

One in the house – Trafalgar Street

Worth a visit just to walk around. It’s as much of an artists’ gallery as a retailer, and the presentation of furniture on the first and second floors is incredible. Patron of local artists, and retailers of intricate trinkets and delicate objects of desire.

Ooh La La – North Road

Name says it all. Outfitters for a very naughty Santa and his object of desire…

Looking for more information for your Xmas shopping in Brighton trip? Check out the North Laine Traders Association site shopping site and our deals on Xmas hotel rooms in Brighton if you want a bargain.

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Fancy ice-skating during half term in Brighton?

Yes, we’ve just spotted there are loads more activities on during this half term week in Brighton. Possibly the most interesting is running at Churchill Square shopping centre where they have set up an ice rink.

It’s not a real ice rink, but still plenty of fun for all the family if you are visiting Brighton during half term.

It’s £6 per 20-minute session and it’s all part of publicity for the latest production by the Holiday on Ice people who are launching ‘Tropicana’ in January next year.

The rink is an ‘off-ice’ rink – so there’s no skates and not even any ice! Opened by dancers from the show, the rink is ready for fun all week.

Cold but cool - Image Flickr/Leonski

Cold but cool - Image Flickr/Leonski

Fans of the real ice-skating enjoying Christmas and New Year in Brighton can bring their own skates when they book into their Brighton BnB from November 12. The Royal Pavilion will again play host to an ice rink and restaurant all the way up till January 22.

With excellent food and a fantastic location, the winter ice-skating will be another must-do activity on family weekends in Brighton well into the New Year.

More details emerging about the Gastro delights known only as ‘Feast’ have appeared on the Peppermintbars Blog -not often we big up another Brighton blog, but we liked reading this one.

Tickets for the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink, please visit: www.ticketmaster.co.uk

More ways to enjoy half term in Brighton

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Shopping in Brighton? Pick up a dinosaur

Leaving a hotel in Brighton off on a little shopping trip? The temptation must be to get the kids doing something they love while you get right into the retail.

Natural History Museum

Bringing real dinos to Brighton

Well, shopping in Brighton’s about to take an unexpected twist next month, one which will have every member of the family excited: Dinosaurs are coming to town!

And they will be allowed in Churchill Square, thanks to an event set up in conjunction with the Natural History Museum – so don’t think for a minute these will be moth-eaten waxworks – this is the real deal, provided by the museum’s touring exhibition.

Star of the show is likely to be T-Rex. At more than four metres long and six metres tall, this pre-historic predator will dominate proceedings.

Although, the vegetarian option – an armour-plated Ankylosaurus – will also draw gasps from the kids, distracted from shopping in Brighton by the size and complexity of the plates of bone grown into its hide.

Shopping for a dinosaur?

Shopping for a dinosaur?

Dotted around Churchill Square there will also be ‘touch and feel’ boxes to keep visitors busy, as well as a real T-Rex skull. And if dinosaur junior is getting a little too excited, there’s always the intimidating Oviraptor, a six-foot, bird-like dinosaur that used to pick up and carry off children – especially the disruptive ones…

There’s plenty here to keep imaginations driven wild, as Churchill Square’s Marketing Coordinator, Tara Philips pointed out: “The exhibition promises to be a truly lifelike experience which aims to transport people back to a time when dinosaurs ruled the land!”

Churchill Square is probably the best place to start shopping in Brighton: As well as being home to the bigname brands, it’s central, served by just about all the bus routes and links through to a multi-story car park.

The Dinosaur Encounter exhibition runs from 1st July to 4th September 2011 at Churchill Square Shopping Centre – and don’t worry about finding a Spendalotasaurus, the exhibition is completely free!

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5 best things about Bank Holiday in Brighton

Hey ,somebody just gave us two bank holidays in a row so we’ve put up the 5 best things about Bank Holidays in Brighton. Frankly, we don’t care if it was a politician, a statistician or someone wanting more time fishin – we are all headed to Brighton beach!

April showers? We don't think so!

April showers? We don't think so!

Now as we live here, we are at an advantage to people who book up the last minute hotel rooms in Brighton and pile down for the weekend, so here’s our pearls of wisdom and the 5 best things about bank holiday in Brighton.

The beach

Just check out the weather. We are running summer temperatures down here, and it’s set to continue. The beach still has its ‘Blue Flag’ rating meaning it is safe to swim, and if you’ve been down here recently you’d have seen that there are people already taking a dip. The beach is huge, family friendly and we love it.

The shopping

Shop till you drop, or flop back on the beach. Shopping in Brighton is a delight: everything is within walking distance, and there’s something for everyone. If you are shopping in Brighton and want to keep it all under one roof, try Churchill Square, and if you fancy a rummage or something a little more bespoke, then there’s always the South Lanes and the North Laine area.

It’s Family Friendly

As well as being a party zone, Brighton is really geared up for kids. There’s great public playparks either end of the beach, and lots to keep the young uns entertained. If you are looking at booking a hotel room in Brighton and bringing your family, check with Childfriendly Brighton for an extensive list of what’s happening this bank holiday in Brighton.

It’s always entertaining

Taking it easy

Taking it easy

Major venues include the Dome, the Brighton Centre, the Pavillion, the Theatre Royal, and this really is just the start: for independent cinema try  the Duke of York’s and for just about everything else, open your eyes!  This is a town of entertainers, so expect something on every corner.

It’s Hove, actually

As much as we don’t want to  say it: we love Hove! No bank holiday in Brighton is complete without a wander along Western Rd into Hove. And make sure you drop onto the lawns for your walk back – you’ll see families with BBQ’s, kids flying kites, people playing football; it’s a lovely place – but we never said that!

Here’s a link to our offers on hotel rooms in Brighton - take a look, there’s always deals on.

And if you don’t believe just how good it is here, look at the pictures: London it aint!

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